Damiana Merryweather is a small business owner and primary caregiver to two young children aged 5 and 7. She and her family have lived in SeaTac for a decade.
She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors in History. She spent the first 15 years of her professional life working in state and local policy and as an advocate for human services including long term care, mental health and addiction treatment. During her time in Oregon she also served on the boards of Basic Rights Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon as well as volunteering for Planned Parenthood.
She moved to Washington in 2007 to work as the Statewide Political Director for United Food and Commercial Workers. In 2010 she left the political world and built a new career in food and beverage. She built and operated her own food truck and then went on to manage several restaurants and bars before she and her husband opened their own successful restaurants. They now own and operate four locations of their restaurant in the greater Seattle area.